Articles by

Dr. Tim Foster

Character

An ‘Audience of One’

It was the strangest subject I had ever taken. Called ‘Advanced Strategic Leadership’, it was the last place I expected to learn a simple technique that empowered me to play for an audience of one and discover freedom and renewed Christ-centeredness as a result.

By Dr. Tim Foster - Mar 2021

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Plunder the Egyptians March 2022

Each month subscribers receive curated articles, resources and reading lists from leading secular sources that are must-reads for Christian leaders.
It’s time to set a reading list for the year. Or, maybe it’s a ‘listening list’ if, like me, you prefer to listen to audiobooks through Audible or your local library. In this curated list, I have summarised six must-read leadership books for 2022. My absolute favourite is Jerks At Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them by Tessa West. Just substitute ‘church member’ for ‘co-worker’ here, and you will find good advice on how to deal with challenging people who sap your time and emotional energy.

By Dr. Tim Foster - Mar 2022

Leadership Styles

It’s Time to Build a New Source of Power

Leaders need power to get stuff done. But the forms of power on which church leaders have relied are eroding. Leaders need to cultivate new bases of power. While referent power is attractive it is not easy to develop. However, another form of power is available that will take effort to cultivate, but is highly effective.

By Dr. Tim Foster - Mar 2022

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Plunder the Egyptians May 2021

The Ridley Centre for Leadership is committed to providing high-quality leadership resources. Each month subscribers receive curated articles, resources and reading lists from leading secular sources that are must-read for Christian leadership.

By Dr. Tim Foster - May 2021

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Plunder the Egyptians June 2021

The Ridley Centre for Leadership is committed to providing high-quality leadership resources. Each month subscribers receive curated articles, resources and reading lists from leading secular sources that are must-read for Christian leadership.

By Dr. Tim Foster - Jun 2021

Leadership Styles

What is your leadership style?

From directing to delegating, take this short quiz to discover your leadership style! On top of that, you will gain valuable information to help you identify the contexts where your style is most effective, and where you might need to adapt.

By Dr. Tim Foster - Jul 2021

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Plunder the Egyptians October 2021

Each month subscribers receive curated articles, resources and reading lists from leading secular sources that are must-reads for Christian leaders. This month our format is a little different as we plunder five highly influential and important books on leadership. While these books are framed around competitive practices in commercial contexts, they have implications for churches and Christian organisations. We offer a summary here, and hope that over summer you will read at least one of these books!

By Dr. Tim Foster - Oct 2021

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Plunder the Egyptians July 2021

Each month subscribers receive curated articles, resources and reading lists from leading secular sources that are must-read for Christian leadership. This month we are seeing what the ‘Egyptians’ have to say about meetings. Needless to say, there is plenty here to plunder

By Dr. Tim Foster - Jul 2021

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Plunder the Egyptians August 2021

Each month subscribers receive curated articles, resources and reading lists from leading secular sources that are must-reads for Christian leaders. This month we see what the ‘Egyptians’ have to say about emotional intelligence. The concept of emotional intelligence (or EQ—Emotional Quotient) captures many of the soft skills that are vital to effective leadership, and has a strong alignment with key biblical leadership values.

By Dr. Tim Foster - Aug 2021

Character

Why Leaders Need to Stop Being True to Themselves

No one wants to be accused of being inauthentic, especially a leader. Authentic leadership has been lauded for building better relationships, higher levels of trust, greater productivity and a more positive working environment. Conversely, leaders who wear masks are said to undermine trust, reduce their effectiveness, and become psychologically conflicted.

By Dr. Tim Foster - Sep 2021

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Plunder the Egyptians September 2021

Each month subscribers receive curated articles, resources and reading lists from leading secular sources that are must-reads for Christian leaders. In September we had planned to run the inaugural Women in Leadership Symposium at the Ridley Centre for Leadership. Unfortunately we have had to postpone the symposium until March 2022, due to you know what. In any case, I thought September would be a good month to focus on what the ‘Egyptians’ have to say about women in leadership.

By Dr. Tim Foster - Sep 2021

Leadership Styles

Are We Demanding too Much of Young Leaders?

In this week’s blog, Centre Director Tim Foster argues that we need to rediscover the value of allowing leaders to grow up slowly. Young leaders need less pressure and more room to prepare, learn from others and make mistakes. At the same time, in our youth obsessed culture, we need to be wary of devaluing more mature leaders.

By Dr. Tim Foster - Nov 2021

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Plunder the Egyptians April 2022

One of our most popular Masterclasses has been Building a Leadership Pipeline. Developing and supporting future leaders in our churches is clearly a strong felt-need among pastors. There are plenty of great books, podcasts and other resources out there. Many of these are from secular contexts but have real relevance for our own. If you want to upskill in this area, start with some of these valuable resources.

By Dr. Tim Foster - Apr 2022

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Plunder the Egyptians May/June 2022

Taking a holiday is not what it used to be. The volume of work, the nature of emails, our hyper-connectedness, and the expectations others have (or, that we think they have), make it hard to really switch off, relax and enjoy our time away. The stress people feel about the amount of work that will await them on their return is one major reason people don’t take leave. For others, it is the amount of work that they need to do before they leave that increases stress and makes holidaying less enjoyable.

As I am about to go on long service leave, I thought it was a good time to think about how to do our breaks well.

By Dr. Tim Foster - May 2022